Hear Heidi if you've ever longed to see the Swiss mountain slopes. This story transports the listener from the fine air and freedom of the mountaintop to the confines of Frankfurt, back to the peaks again, bounding in flowered fields with goats at your heels and sky utterly surrounding you.
We meet Heidi when she is 5, led up the mountain by her aunt who has raised the orphan but must leave now for a position in Frankfurt. In a mountain cottage overlooking the valley is Heidi's grandfather, and there with him the girl's sweet, free nature expands with the vista. The author's voice is straightforward, and so is our reader's, with the child's wonder, devotion, and sometimes humorous good intentions. When Heidi is taken from the mountains and nearly doesn't make it back again, the most humorous as well as most heart-wringing scenes occur. All she learns during her absence from the mountain she brings back as seeds that will grow to benefit everyone around her. (Summary by Anita)
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October 5, 2017 Subject:
Making Us Feel Better!
I have been enjoying this reading for years, but a recent event made me determined to review it with that event in mind, so here is my story:
One late morning I thought I'd had enough sleep and took a B Vitamin, which I never take before sleeping because it makes my mind too active and, as a result, I tend to have nightmares. Sure enough, I was drifting off in the afternoon, drowsy, but with a sense of panic in what mental processes would come. My mind searched for solutions and it finally hit me to come to this audiobook that had served so well for a good night's sleep in the past.
I opened my device, found it, pressed play, laid down and I slept peacefully, safe and secure from duress for at least ten chapters.
Thank you very much for this instant solution to an unusual dilemma. Restful sleep is much appreciated!
September 9, 2012 Subject:
KayRay Kara with another one of her wonderful readings! Most highly recommend!
September 18, 2009 Subject:
Excellent children's story
Put aside all your conceptions of Heidi from the various movies you have seen - this is a simple and enchanting story, not overly dramatic, but full of laughter, tears, sorrow and joy. And through it all, Johanna Spyri gently teaches lessons about honesty, being true to your word, continuing on when things don't go your way, and being thankful in all things.
KayRay is one of my favorite readers on Librivox and she does an excellent job with this book.
April 21, 2008 Subject:
Excellent Recording of an Excellent Book
I was very impressed with this recording of Heidi. The story is delightful and very well written.
Kara Shallenberg breathes life into this story in a very magical way and is never over dramatic or showy. She reads simply, clearly, and beautifully. You will not be disappointed.